Disappointing News With Charles N’Zogbia

There’s some disappointing news today about Charles N’Zogbia and it’s again got to do with his attitude.


Charles N’Zogbia – attitude problems again

Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“What we’ve got at this club now are 16, 17 players who are totally committed as a pack to taking this club forward and Charles has just got to come into it a little bit more, in all honesty,” “I think he’s been told that by the other players.”

“The players and myself would like to keep him here because they know he can be a tremendous asset. But he’s got to be fully, fully, fully committed to Newcastle United and I think he might decide to do that. He may not but I hope he does.”

“When I first came in there were eight days left of the transfer window. Charles and his agent wanted to move him out and I wouldn’t allow that.”

“Having said that, I said if he did his best until the end of the season and felt the same way, I would let him go. But it would be on our terms, he’s got three years left here.”

Keegan as usual is optimistic about the future of a player Newcastle only signed with great difficulty from Le Havre in 2004. Charles is a good player, and still only 21, but the simple truth is that if he doesn’t want to stay and play for Kevin, we should let him go. It will be a pity but that’s the way things go sometimes.

Kevin continued:

“I had a chat with him on Friday. His training in the last week has been the best since I’ve been here,”

“If he can learn to be a team player with his individual skill, he will be a hell of an asset and I would like that club to be Newcastle United. But he has got to come into the team and he knows that too. I’m not saying anything to you I haven’t said to him.”

Good words from Kevin, and he’s careful at the end there, not to be betray any trust with Charles. It looks to us that N’Zogbia has already made his mind up that he wants to leave.

If that’s true we should drive a hard bargain with Spurs or whichever teams comes in for him in the summer.

We should aim to get around £10M for the player.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    a player of his ability, if he became a team player then he would be much improved

    shame its probably not going to happen

  • Champaz

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    LET HIM GO. I am sick to death of players like him becoming obsessed with the money side of football, brainwashed by agents who claim to lok after their best interests when all they do is line their own pockets.


    Even if he did turn around at the end of season and decided he wanted to stay, how can we trust him to keep that attitude if another club shows interest again??????????????

  • Chris

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    I think he will be gone in the summer. He’s not committed to us so he should go. Let’s just hope a few teams show some interest and start a bidding war. I think £10m would be a good price for him. He obviously wants to be in London so let him go.

  • scott9

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    i would be suprised if we got 10m for hm but we should get rid of him we dont need players with this attitude at newcastle i wanted rid last season wen he was supposidly on his mobile phone while nigel pearson was doing the team talk at watford

  • Egar

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    KK still has some time to work on this one. Sad if it ends like a re-run of young Anelka. But if it does, then so be it. The team must comes first.

  • Rob Kirton

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Even before the last serious spat he had with the club in the time of Glenn Roeder, he picked up the nick name “Big Time” as in “Big Time Charlie” with some members of the back room staff.

    Ever since joining the club he has shown what a great prospect he is. He has always hankered a centre midfield berth even when first starting out in the reserves. Not wide left, not left back but as an attacking CM. For what ever reason 3 managers have decided he is not the best option for that job. Who are we to disagree?

    Young man – lots of money and an agent turning his head. It’s a too familiar picture. Even at a young age, he had no qualms of ditching le Havre (his head at that time had been turned by us). It looks as though we as a club might suffer the same fate.

    It’s a pity. He’s a decent player – potentially a very good one. However no team can stand disruptive elements.

    Maybe time for the club to say goodbye – and hopefully pick up a nice cheque.

  • jacob

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Get rid of him to the highest bidder…he’s been nothing but trouble for the past couple of seasons. Texting during team meetings apart, he was the one Nicky Butt was refering to last season when he said it was clear that not all players wanted to be around at the club. Yes he’s talented, yes he has a good left foot – but do we need him? I think not..If I was Kev, I’d teach him a lesson and let him rot in the reserves for the remainder of this season – at least it will prepare him for life next season, despite the arrogant so an’so believing he’s a starter for any team…he wouldn’t even make the spuds’ first 11 as he’s not fit to lace Lennon’s boots.

  • Geordie till i die!

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    let him go it would only create another bellamy style fiasco and we have had enough of this atour club. Should he decide he wanted to stay then allbeit, buy if he wants to go we should wish him the best and demand a good fee for him. if somenone can get the best from him he will be worth 8-10m in my eyes, gone should be the days where we sell on the cheap.

  • Davies

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Shame really. He could be a Newcastle great if he wasn’t so keen to move on. I’d prefer it if he went abroad somewhere, at least then we wouldn’t have to deal with him running the wrong way through St James’.

    If he really wants to go, best of luck to him. Remember, he’s only 21. Probably hasn’t figured maturity and loyalty out the way Oba has at a similarly tender age. I just hope he doesn’t become another Anelka.

  • Callum

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Sell him – No room for babies on this bus!

  • Gordon Oliver

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Zog has not been a part of the good games we have had and to be honest I do not see him in the current team.

    I think 10 mil. is way too much for a player who really never has accomplished anything. We would be lucky to get 6-7 mil. and that is only if he stays in the EPL. No clubs outside England would pay more that 4 mil for a player like Zog.

    I think the best we could do is to make him part of a deal for a player like Bendtner, Bentley or Ashton.

  • Ross

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    he’s a talent and could be very good,
    but we havent got room for players who’ll throw their toys out the pram every time theyre not happy.
    if he has any problems at the end of the season, let him go to the highest bidder. he’ll still have a couple of years left on his contract so he’ll go for over the odds anyway.

  • Nobby!

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah, sell him. I’d love to see him struggle in another team… Muhuhaha.

  • Obafan

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m sick of the articles about Zog. We all know that he wwants to move to another team and to be honnest I would be happy if he goes in the summer.

    1. Most of the time he plays for himself, running with the ball too much, not passing, etc
    2. He wants to be CAM but that is not his best position; he is a winger, but he needs to learn to play as a team player not as an individual.
    3. He is not happy at the club and he thinks he is the best player we have, but that is far from the truth.

    He could be a great player, but his attitude (even if he goes to another club) will always be the problem for him.

    You see it a bit on his face that he is a difficult guy.

  • Ian

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Bring Bellamy in to replace Zog, West Ham might part with him or do a swap and a few quid as bellamy has to recover from his stomach op, Bellamy loves it up here, plays well on the wing and can move in to centre if Viduka and or Owen throw a sicky, we would have two 100% dedicated players who never give up, try and get something good from his need to leave.

  • Kenneth Bassan

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    We couldnt get 10 mill for Jenas, how on earth do you think we could get 10 mill for N’Zog?

  • Andreas

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Can’t see any major problems with him wanting to leave. He’s on a 5 year contract so he will be sold if someone pays what NUFC want, simple as that. “Poor” Charles have two options if no club meets NUFC valuation: 1. buckle down and fight for a place in the team and do that with passion and pride or 2. continue to sulk and spend the next season in the reserves.

    His new contract mean he won’t be sold on a cheap.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Charlie boy can do was as far as I am concerned he is just another bling bling like dyer and jenas..with ice in his ears haha

    Had some good moments for newcastle but he is nothing spectacular..I would make him play and train with the reserves..prick !


    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    His attitude annoys me

    Im not a huge Smith or Geremi fan but they never made such a mardarse fuss about playing where they want to or even starting matches.

    Zog should copy Milners attitude both talented young lads but only one will work on his game, improve enough to play full international and it aint zoggy even though he is the more naturally gifted.

    Enjoy your time in Spurs reserves then on to Reading and Wigan and then back home

    Vive la France you little shit

  • geordie in taipei

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Hes a whinging little s@$t ! Get rid of him, he doesnt want to play for us so we should sell him to the worst possible team we can. He’s 21 years old, not a child , he earns a fortune and has the luck to live in Newcastle. The best city in all the UK. Ive lived in Manchester while at uni – its not bad , and ive had the MISFORTUNE of living in London – hated the place -full of w@#kers. With his attitude he’ll love it – until some bugger gives him a good going over and nicks his car.Then he’ll turn to the old WHITE LINES and get banned for a few years. The world doesnt revolve around him and if he cant get that into his thick skull then more fool him – im an elementary school teacher and my students are more grown up than him !

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Kenneth – hoping – that’s all 😀

  • Gooderz

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #22

    It would be a poor decision for him to move on at this stage in his career, but if he does go then he’s hardly irreplacable.

  • Steve D

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I could understand him wanting to leave if Allardyce were still here, starving the side of creativity and drive, but the current situation is a complete contrast to the first half of the season.

    I say get rid of him for a good price.

  • canmag

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    well another i want to go london its a better place to play take your toys and go.
    where are you going to play arsenal yes you will get a game but not every week , spurs same , chelsea not interested not a lot left is there
    maybe charlton or QPR, that is where you will end up another potentialy good player going down the leagues.


    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    You think its bad for being beaten up and having your Car nicked in London, try going to liverpool you cant pop in the shop for a paper without your car being on bricks.

  • Guinea Mag

    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #26

    If we get a good offer; i.e. £10M+ we should let him go and buy good quality youngsters who want to play for NUFC.

  • JR

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #27

    10million! what planet are we all on? I doubt we’ll get anymore than 6million for N’Zogbia. But he needs to go, whatever the price, if his attitude is not right.

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d take a straight swap for Lennon. He’s just as good as Zog, he’s English, and with a motivator like KK he could become an awesome player.

  • Spyro

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #29

    shame really, could have been good for us and has been my favourite player for the last few seasons. im disappointed to say the least, but if he wants to go then let him, the Boussoufa deal seems like its going to materialise anyway, and plus we have duff aswell. Zoggy and Emre are definitely gone in the summer i think

  • Toon1978

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Charles is a quality young player but unfortunately a spoilt stook up little brat to go with it. Bet he ain’t done a hard days graft in his life because he made it in football from a very young age so he probably doesn’t know the value of being committed at work. He has had it pretty easy up to now IMO always had plenty money and no worries as such so players like this kid don’t know anything else. Let him go and hopefully he will fall flat on his face he doesn’t know how lucky he really is playing football professionally doing something he loves and being paid handsomely. Maybe players like this should be made to work for a month for example send out doing a brickies or an Engineering job up for 6 in the morning off to work back in the hose 7 at night for £400 a week then maybe players like this dummy sucking little brat will realise what they have AND SHOW COMMITMENT to the ppl who watch him play football and the club who made him what he is today. Message for N’ZOGBIA we have had ppl like you here bfore, you will not be missed your just another flash in the pan take ya millions to London just like JENAS and DYER we dont want uncommited fools.

  • domtoon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    it’s good – keegan won’t stand for any egos in the dressing room and that’s how it should be. if all’s to be believed, keegan’s been transparent with the lad and it’s quite clear for all parties concerned – you either back the team 100% or you’re on your bike somewhere else. no unnecessary massaging of personality or bending of the truth to the media – if you don’t commit, you will be replaced by someone else who will. look at the rest of the team and how happy they are playing. at present (and i do stress, at presesnt – things could change |c:) everything seems rosey, and i honestly think it’s because the players want to be playing in the side every week now, and genuinely want to come into training and make a difference to the club despite what has been a very lacklustre season – that’s what counts for 100x more than ego and self confidence. team confidence is there and if zoggy doesn’t want to be a part of it, then let’s sell him and reinvest the dough… the keegan way :o)

    all that said however, i do feel it would be a shame to lose him in this way. he’s got shedloads of talent and seemed to be a decent lad in terms of not speaking out in the press until the january transfer window.

    honestly don’t know what’s happened to zoggy of late? the boy has truly fallen off!! imagine him wearing a spurs shirt next season. sickening, eh??

  • Nobby's dad

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Get rid. He’s OK but like many players at this age I doubt he’ll improve to any great extent. I think we’d do well to get £6 million – he’ll go Willie McKay’s his agent I believe – now there is a waste of space!

    Swap for Lennon?? Possibly the most overhyped young player. I rate Milner higher. Just watch Lennon – he’s like a headless chicken and his final ball is shocking.

  • TooooooN

    Apr 12, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #33

    i think he is capable to be a world class player..imagine if he sign for man utd or real madrid……i m not surprise because he is a french winger! ( laurent robert like)

  • apan

    Apr 12, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #34

    just another jenas

    SELL if he wants to go!

  • Jonny

    Apr 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #35

    completely agree nobbys dad , for one we need a natural left winger instead of another right winger such as lennon, we can’t rely on duff on his own, and if you ever see lennon play he beats the left back for pace and then just hits it along the floor, a truly shocking crosser of the ball and in my opinion a lot worse than what we have already in james milner


    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Four words ; Olivier Bernard, Didier Domi.

  • chuck

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Have to agree with Rob Kirtons perspective, think he hits the nail on the head.
    Yes he`s an emerging talent and has great possibilities, but if he is not happy at the club there are others with similar talents, every one can be replaced. being he is flavor of the month and has just signed a 5 year contract, should bring a decent piece of change to the club.

  • Irish-Toon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #38

    The Zog had the potential to be a cracking player, but he’s got an attitude problem. He started off the season in good form although he was stuck at left back, obviously not his favourite position, but it looked like he was willing to do a job for the team. Once the going got tough he seemed to lack the bottle to continue, which really dissapoints me cos I thought he could be a Newcastle player for years to come, but with his attitude of late I say get rid of him. He’s just recently signed a 5 year deal so we should be able to get a decent sum for him. I know Arsenal are after him and ther’s a few rumours about ManUre too. Spurs are supposed to sniffing around too. Let’s get a bidding war between Arsenal and Spurs and see how much we can get so that we can spend it players who’ll be committed to the club

  • Metaltoon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Although I think he’s got great potential as a player. His atttude seems to let him down on a consistent basis.
    If he’s not commited to the cause then it’s time to ship him out. We all know that we need commited players to push this great club forward to where we should be.

  • scotty

    Apr 13, 2008 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #40

    If the so called “big clubs” want him, i’d take Lennon, SWP, Diaby, or Ashton plus a bit cash to us. He has never held any respect for any of his gaffers – was he not texting on his phone during a GR team talk?

    I would have stotted the black board rubber of his noodle and banished him to the reserves!!!

    Players like this are no good for any club and if KK can’t make him feel special then i’m afraid no one can………….


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